月曜日, 12月 07, 2015

10 Great Car Improvement Ideas Which Never Came True

10 Great Car Improvement Ideas Which Never Came True

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1. Nuclear Powered Car (Ford Nucleon)

Chalk this idea up under the car improvement ideas that never came true that we are all happy about — the nuclear powered car. In 1958 Ford created the Nucleon concept car. The primary idea behind the design of the vehicle was to envision what a nuclear powered car would look like once nuclear technology progressed to the point of being able to create a miniature reactor that could fit in the rear of the car. The obvious questions of price, nuclear fallout issues, and other major calamities that would result in the event of a major accident were primarily ignored in this timeframe as many of the hazards associated with nuclear power today were not necessarily public information at the time of the prototype creation.

決して我々全員がまわりに幸せであるというのは実現しなかった自動車改善アイデアの下で、この考えを記録してください — 原子力パワード車。1958年に、フォードはNucleonコンセプトカーを作製しました。車両のデザインの後の主な目的は、一旦核テクノロジーが車の背後に合うことができたミニチュア原子炉を作製することができることの一歩手前まで進歩するならば、原子力パワード車が何のように見えるかについて想像することになっていました。原子力に関連した危険の多くが今日必ずしもプロトタイプ創造の時点の広報であるというわけではなかったので、価格、核放射能灰問題と大きな事故の場合には起こる他の大きな災難の明らかな問題は主にこの時間枠に無視されました。

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2. Saab Joystick Controlled Car

Despite using steering wheels to drive our cars since cars were invented, Saab attempted to innovate the manner by which drivers steered their vehicles. The big innovation was to use a joystick in the Saab 9000, known as the Prometheus, instead of a steering wheel. The joystick was located in the center console and was designed to steer the car by twisting it left and right to change the direction the vehicle was traveling. One of the primary motivations behind the innovation was to reduce driver injuries that occurred by hitting the steering wheel during a car accident. The joystick ultimately failed where the steering wheel is very good — in making fine-tuned adjustments to how the vehicle is being steered. Saab found that a single joystick actually created too much driver fatigue and had plans to adopt a second one before ultimately scratching this car improvement idea which has never come back on other auto models.

車が発明された時から、我々の車を運転するためにステアリングホイールを使うことにもかかわらず、サーブは、ドライバーが彼らの車両を操縦した方法を始めようとしました。大きい革新はサーブ9000でジョイスティックを使うことでした。そして、プロメテウス(ステアリングホイールの代わりに)として知られていました。ジョイスティックは中心のコンソールに位置して、左側にそれをねじることによって車を操縦するように設計されていて、車両が旅していた方向を変えるのは正しかったです。革新の背後の主要な動機の1つは、自動車事故の間にステアリングホイールを襲うことによって、起こったドライバー怪我を減らすことになっていました。ステアリングホイールが非常によい所で、ジョイスティックは最終的に失敗しました — 車両が操縦されている方法の微調整された調整をする際に。一つのジョイスティックには実際にあまりにたくさんのドライバー疲労を引き起こして、他の自動車モデルの上にこれまで戻らなかったこの自動車改善アイデアを最終的にひっかく前に第2のものを採用する計画があると、サーブはわかりました。

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3. Propeller Driven Car

Before we had promises of the flying car being just around the corner, the propeller driven car was the great car improvement idea of the 1920s that never came true. At the time, the airplane was revolutionizing the entire travel industry, and one of the popular predictions at the time was that cars would soon be driven by propellers as well as have the capability of flying between destinations. There was a propeller car designed that remained land-bound called the Helica. The auto was created by French engineer, Marcel Leyat who designed his car from the ground up. This approach let him include aerodynamic styling and other improvements in the design of the vehicle. Although his car could not take flight, it used the propellers thrust to help it move. Of course, the Helica did miss some critical components in lacking brakes, steering, and a means to protect pedestrians from the rotating blades of the vehicle.

我々にはちょうど角を曲がった所にある飛んでいる車の約束がある前に、プロペラによる車は決して実現しなかった1920年代についての大きな自動車改善考えでした。その時に、飛行機は全旅行産業に革命をもたらしていました、そして、人気がある予測の1つはその時に、車にはすぐに目的地の間で飛ぶ能力があるだけでなく、プロペラで運転されるということでした。計画されたとても残られた土地-跳躍がHelicaと呼んだプロペラ車が、ありました。フランスのエンジニア(最初から最後まで彼の車を設計したMarcel Leyat)によって、自動車は作製されました。このアプローチは、彼に空気力学的なスタイルと他の改善を車両のデザインに含めさせました。彼の車が逃走することができなかったが、それが動くのを助けることは押されるプロペラを使いました。

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4. People Mover Technology

Dating back to watching cartoons in the 1960s, it has been widely believed that we would have people mover technology in-place by now that would take the place of automobiles in most cities. The primary concept behind this system is that it is basically a variant of a light rail system that can access locations that are too small or complicated for a train to get to using similar monorail technology. In most concepts of the adoption of this technology, the people mover system sits above ground (vice underground like the subway), and one either rides an autonomous vehicle or an advanced variant of the train to move from point a to point b. Although the technology is not dead, it is assessed to be a non-starter for widespread adoption as long as there are competing forms of mass transit such as buses or subways that are more convenient or cheaper to operate.


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5. Submarine Cars

Small submarines have been engineered for use in warfare dating back to many failed attempts before the technology matured enough for widespread use in the 20th century. As automobiles started to become more prevalent in the 1920s and going forward, it seemed to only be a matter of time before submarine cars would be widely adopted throughout the world. Similar to the flying car, the possibilities of being able to take one’s car from the highway to destinations on land across water seem endless. This car improvement idea has never come true; however, as submarines today remain in the domain of militaries and drug smugglers. The high research and development cost to create a combined submarine car just seems like it will be a long while (if ever) before we see this innovation hit the mainstream for car and truck drivers.


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6. Self-Driving Cars

Despite all of the press about the Google self-driving car and the various competing projects in industry, the autonomously driven vehicle is a car improvement idea that has still not come true. Society is closer than ever to seeing a car that is capable of realizing our sci-fi dreams from the past 50 years however, odds are that we will continue to see the enabling technologies that these cars will require added to standard vehicles. Whether it is auto-mounted sonar, expert camera systems, or smarter cruise controls, the tech has made rapid improvements in the past two decades for alleviating many of the minute tasks required of drivers compared to the 1990s and earlier. Current predictions have a target date of 2025 before self-driving cars will be widespread, but even this projection will likely remain a bit ambitious.


 Photo by FAA News

7. Flying Cars

It seems as though consumers have been promised that flying car technology is just around the corner for more than a few decades and counting now. Despite being tested for a number of years, the technology to support a flying car has just not advanced to the point of being able to support widespread prototype development. If the technology is ever developed, it will force a number of complications in how fundamental airspace control is managed throughout both the United States and Europe. For at least the foreseeable future, flying cars will remain in the realm of science fiction and the movies for all. The odds are that we will see self-driving car technology well ahead of automobiles that are able to take off in flight.


Photo by Hugo90

8. Streamlined Autos

In the 1930s, the promise of streamlined cars seemed to dominate the car design discussion. The general consensus was that the next big jump in automotive technology was to make cars even longer with a smoother design akin to an aircraft of today to achieve the optimum performance level of automotive technology which had not yet been realized. The design conjecture of this timeframe was that by also adopting the streamline model to the undercarriage and adding front springs to vehicles that the damage suffered in auto accidents would be significantly reduced. Although many of the aspects of streamlined autos have eventually been adopted in the marketplace, the pure design vision of the 1930s is one car improvement idea that never fully came true.


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9. Third Headlight and Defensive Fenders

Adding a third headlight that was steerable along with defensive fenders were just two of the innovations included in the Tucker ’48 automobile of the future that never came true for mainstream cars. Preston Tucker was the primary designer and builder of the automobile that he created after World War 2 concluded to help bring automotive design into a post-war future. Other improvements on the vehicle also included disc brakes, a pop-out windshield, padded dashboard, and a rear engine. Unfortunately for Tucker, the car industry took a bit to get back up to speed after the war, and there was not a significant appetite in industry for his creative designs for the American market.


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10. On-Board Toilet

The on-board toilet in cars has actually been tried out in the past, but has never really found a niche as a car improvement idea to sustain the test of time. One of the primary reasons that we have not seen toilets adopted in our daily drivers are the various safety and hygienic concerns associated with having a full-blown toilet in the automobile. Add in the issues with losing space in the vehicle for the storage tank for the sewage, and it’s likely that this feature will not be coming to our vehicles any time soon. Of note, Louie Mattar used an on-board toilet in his 1947 Cadillac to drive more than 10,000 km without stopping. There would be a big consumer benefit to having a toilet in cars today for the many times that one is stuck in traffic or going on a long road trip.

車のオンボード・トイレは、実は過去に試用されたが、自動車改善アイデアとしてのニッチが時の試練を継続すると決して本当にわかりませんでした。我々がトイレが毎日のドライバーで選ばれるのを見なかった主要な理由の1つは、自動車で本格的なトイレを持っていることと関連したいろいろな安全と衛生的な懸念です。汚水のために貯蔵タンクのために車両でスペースを失うことで、問題で加わってください、そして、この特徴が近いうちに我々の車両に来ていないことはありそうです。メモの、ルーイMattarは、駆動10以上(止まることのない000 km)に、彼の1947台のキャデラックでオンボード・トイレを使いました。1つが交通から抜け出せない多くの時のために今日、車でトイレを持つか、長いロードトリップに行くことに、大きい消費者利益があります。